Parent Update Announcements


01/12/2018

posted Jan 16, 2018, 4:18 AM by Suzanne Bowen   [ updated Jan 16, 2018, 4:21 AM ]

Good evening.  And a very warm one at that!  I want to start by thanking the PTA and our Volunteer Steering Committee for sponsoring and doing the leg work, respectively, our 5th and 6th grade movie night tonight.  I think we have about 30 or so students in the cafeteria right now enjoying popcorn, pizza, and “Despicable Me 3” for free!


Three more classes that I visited recently, the first two reminded me of my own days as a Gilford Middle/High School student back in the late 70’s/early 80’s.  The first was Mrs. Damato’s 6th grade computer class where students were learning a skill that I learned on a typewriter by senior year with Mr. Shannon; keyboarding.  A skill that that has been used over and over and over again in my adult life.  But because of the technological tools available to Mrs. Damato, it is much more interesting for our students to hone these skills other than listening to your teacher saying, “A space, A,S, space, F, J, space” etc.  Mr. Walsh was also in there competing with the students with his typing skills.  He lost.  I then moved on to Mrs. Hanf’s 8th grade Family and Consumer Science class; in my day it was Home Economics.  Mrs. Hanf was teaching them the part of the sewing machine and what impressed me was how fascinated some of the students were as to how the machine worked.  It also reminded me of the fact that the worst grade I earned in middle school was in this class; I sewed my pockets on backwards on my apron.  Mrs. Martin had high standards.  Lastly, I caught part of Mr. Bohn’s 7th grade Health class where he was leading the students in a discussion on why people start to do drugs.  One reason that he was discussing was that people wanted to get rid of “unwanted conditions” such as stress, depression, boredom, pain, etc.  Students themselves came up with some very insightful reasons why someone might take drugs; having poor role models, wanting to “be cool” or fit in, genetics, peer pressure, to relax, etc.  Hopefully, these discussions will lead to students making the right choice when they are presented the opportunity to try drugs or alcohol.


The following students have made it to the GMS National Geographic Bee finals.  Georgia Eckhardt, Gabreaelle Perron, Josiah Valentine, Rosabella Lesniak, Abigail Seal, Lydia Stefan, Lily Cassiano, Jalen Reese, John Blandford, Anthony Aguiar, Zoe Lehneman, and Tim Jagusch.  The final school competition will be on Tuesday.


Congratulations to the Nordic Ski team where both the boys and girls team finished in first at their last meet up at Gunstock.  Winning the boys relay were Mitchell Townsend and Patrick Gandini and for the girls it was Catherine Stow and Vanessa Genakos who won the event.  The other pairs also finished strongly; Aiden Bondaz/Henry Stow, Karson Genakos/Alden Townsend, Carter Forest/Scott Kulscar, Clark Blackwelder/Ian Lofblad, Ashley Kulscar/Madeline Burlock, and Rylee Stefan/Sydney Eastman.  And did you know that their coach, Nina, is a 3-time Olympic Gold Medalist and a 6-time World Champion?!  No wonder our team does so well!


On the next two Thursdays, the GMHS Chess Club will hold an Invitational in our cafeteria.  The chess club would like to invite parents, staff (K12, SAU, custodial, etc), home schoolers, alumni, and community members to play or just watch.  The hope is to increase competition and camaraderie within our community.  If you are interested, please let me know so Mr. Maslow (GMHS Chess Club Advisor) can bring the appropriate amount of snacks.  The events will take place from 2:30-3:30 each day.


Make-up Sports photos will take place on Wednesday; Nordic Skiing (2:30), Girls Hoops (2:40); Boys Hoops (2:50), and Alpine Skiing (3:15) here at the middle school.


Congratulations to our Math team who finished in second place in their last meet.  They are now currently tied for first with Laconia.  Their next meet is at Interlakes on Wednesday.


Two upcoming athletic opportunities that your child may be interested in:  One, the registration for the Lakes Region Girls Softball has begun.  You can register at their LRGS website or register at one of their two upcoming winter warm-up clinics held at Belmont Elementary School on January 27 and February 3 (1:00-2:15 4-8 year-olds and 2:15-3:30 8-12 year-olds).  Second, the registration for Lakes Region Lacrosse is open by going to their LRL website.  Their season opens on April 8.  If you need more information or are looking to help the organization in any way, please contact Jodie Gallant.


Lastly in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a quote from Dr. King:  “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘what are you doing for others?’”


Thank you and good night.


Peter



01/05/2018

posted Jan 5, 2018, 11:04 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good afternoon.  I want to start by wishing you all good luck this weekend in avoiding having frozen pipes in your homes; it’s gonna be a frigid one!


The PTA is sponsoring a movie night for 5th & 6th graders that will be held next Friday (1/12) at 6:15 in our gym.  The movie they are showing is, “Despicable Me 3.”  There will be popcorn and drinks supplied by both the PTA and our middle school Volunteer Steering Committee.  And best of all, the PTA is footing the bill for everything; this is a no-cost event!


Those of you who are enrolled in the PTA’s after-school Spanish program are reminded that it begins next Tuesday in Mrs. Master’s room (538) here at the middle school.  It will run from 2:45-3:30; please be prompt in picking your child.  If you have specific questions regarding the class, please contact Annie Zukas over at the high school.


Unified Basketball Coach, Chris Parker, is looking for additional members to join his team this winter.  This is wonderful opportunity for students who are looking to learn the basics of basketball (or hone their skills), build teamwork skills, recognize the importance of safety on a full court, and, most importantly, have fun.  Any boy or girl in all grades may join.  Basketball knowledge/skill is optional; a positive attitude is a must.  The team, in partnership with Special Olympics of NH, participates in several practices, home/away games with teams in the area (Laconia, Alton, Winnisquam, Belmont, etc).  The season ends with a multi-team jamboree and social event.  Last year, we also played a thrilling game at the high school with GHS alumni.  If you want to be part of a stress-free, fun, and uber rewarding experience, this is for you.  Please let either myself or Mr. Parker know if your child is interested.  Sign-up sheets are outside the main office; our first game is next Thursday here at GMS.


A friendly reminder that if you’d like to order a yearbook for your child, just follow this link to the Josten’s website to order one.


Winter Carnival permission slips will be coming home soon.  The earlier we get them back, the easier it is for us to plan a smooth event.  The event takes place on February 8 and kids have the option of skiing/tubing at Gunstock, skating at the Merrill Fay Ice Arena, or staying back at GMS.  Skaters can also tube and ski (granted that they have their own equipment and know where it will be up at the mountain).  Those spending the entire day at Gunstock may rent equipment.


Next week’s events:

  • Monday = Boys A/B Basketball (4:00/5:00); Girls A/B Basketball at InterLakes (4:00/5:00); School Board Meeting (6:00)

  • Tuesday = Nordic Ski Meet at Kearsarge (3:00; students dismissed at 12:45)

  • Wednesday = Early Release (12:20); Girls/Boys A Basketball (4:00/5:00)

  • Thursday = Unified Basketball (3:30); Alpine Ski Meet (9:30)

  • Friday = Girls B/A Basketball (3:30/4:30); Boys B/A Basketball at Newfound (3:30/4:30)


Thank you and keep warm!


Peter



12/27/2017

posted Jan 2, 2018, 4:13 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good morning, parents and staff.  I hope you are enjoying the time with your families and the fresh snow; the cold, probably not so much….


Not to be out done by their bandmates, we have several members of our choir who also got accepted into the Lakes Region Junior High Festival.  They are Anna Cook, Caitlyn Costa, Josh Dery, Kaleena Dyer, Zoe Lehneman, Owen Nelson, Mackenzie Roys, and Colby Smith.  That makes 15 of our students who earned this honor!  And if you were able to make our Holiday Concert last week, you’ll know why so many of our performers were accepted; it was quite a concert.


Our middle school Volunteer Steering Committee is partnering with the Gilford PTA to sponsor a Grade 5 & 6 movie night here at GMS on January 12 (6:15-8:00).  More details about the event will be forthcoming.


January is a busy month for our 8th Graders as they (believe it or not) prepare for their transition to high school.  Key dates are as follows:

  • January 16 & 17 = GHS counselors will give presentations to 8th grade classes

  • January 18 = GHS Incoming Freshman Parent Night at GHS (6:30)

  • January 22-26 = Students are recommended, by their 8th grade teachers, for high school courses.

  • February 1 & 2 = GHS counselors will meet briefly with each of their incoming freshman.


Next week’s happenings:

  • Wednesday

    • Nordic Skiing (2:30)

    • Boys/Girls A Basketball (3:30/4:30)

  • Thursday

    • Winter Sports Pictures (2:30)

  • Friday

    • Boys A/B Basketball at Alton (3:30/4:30)

    • Girls A/B Basketball (3:30/4:30)


This week’s tip from The Middle Years*  “Operation ‘reset’”  Winter break gives your child the gift of extra time.  Encourage him to use it wisely with a mix of relaxation and preparation for the new year.  Refresh: Suggest he do enjoyable activities he hasn’t had time for.  Perhaps he’ll read a graphic novel that’s been sitting on a shelf or create a workout routine to do with a friend.  Catch up:  Ask your tween to think about how he can hit the ground running (when he returns from break).  If he has assignments due when school begins, he could work on them a little each day.  Or he might empty his subject folders by filing returned papers at home and start with a fresh slate in January.


I wish you all a happy (and safe) new year!


Peter


*Resources for Educators, December 2017

12/15/2017

posted Dec 18, 2017, 4:14 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good afternoon.  Typically, the “week before the week” of a vacation is the most challenging. Students know that vacation is looming but they can’t quite taste it yet.  But this past week has been atypical; students have been performing amazingly well.  I credit you, the parents, and our staff for a smooth running week; and I thank you..


What better way to celebrate the holiday season than to attend our annual Winter Concert?  It happens this Tuesday, December 19 at 7:00 in the high school auditorium.  I promise you:  You will be amazed at the talent that our directors, Warnick, Sanborn, and Beyrent get to work with each day.  Also that night, the Parents of Performing Arts will be having a raffle to help raise funds for that organization.


Continuing with the performing arts, congratulations to Bradley McIntire, Taryn Wernig, Patrick Gandini, Dylan Hamel, Trevor Chassie, Sam Leggett, and Kelin Jeffreys for being chosen to represent Gilford in this year’s Lakes Region, Jr. Music Festival.  This is quite an honor as they will perform with other talented musicians when the festival takes place on March 9 at Belmont Middle School.


Today, I shared with students and staff the state of New Hampshire’s “NH State House Bicentennial Essay Contest.”  This is open for any student in our district.  A total of 9 awards will be given to students who best write about the theme, “The NH State House and its Meaning Today.”  Please encourage your child to consider this contest.  Your child (and our staff) was emailed the necessary information and paperwork.


Next week’s events:

Monday = Girls & Boys A Basketball (4:00/5:00)

Tuesday = GMHS Winter Concert (7:00)

Wednesday = Girls & Boys B Basketball at Laconia (3:30/4:30)

Thursday = NO Homework Group

Friday = Girls & Boys A Basketball (4:30/5:30)


Thank you and have a wonderful weekend.


Peter

12/8/2017

posted Dec 8, 2017, 11:47 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good afternoon.  I hope that this email finds you and your families well.  I’d like to start off this week’s email with some additional glimpses into the day of the life of a Gilford Middle School Student:

  • In Mrs. McLane’s 7th Grade Health class, students were learning about the dangers of “vaping.”  Not surprisingly, many students were well aware of the increased use of vaporizers and e-cigarettes.  Mrs. McLane did a great job in laying out how dangerous this seemingly harmless (at least to teenagers) this habit really is to their bodies.

  • In Mr. Bowler’s 8th Grade Math class, students were using our Eureka math program to learn how to write equations using symbols.  Their task was to translate word problems into mathematical equations that they could solve.  The students understood the process much better than I did.

  • Speaking of lack of understanding, I was in Mrs. Masters’ 8th Grade Spanish class not understanding a thing.  My French and German are decent but not Spanish.  I was impressed nevertheless as it always amazes me how little English is being spoken by Mrs. Masters and her students.  Immersion is the best way to learn a foreign language and our students are certainly experiencing that in her class.

  • In Mr. Witham’s 7th Grade Art class, students were creating “action” figures out of wire and tinfoil.  Besides using their creativity in the lesson, students are taught how to use proportions in an art project.  Yes, they learned, math and art do work in concert together.


Next week’s events:

  • Wednesday = Boys B/A Basketball at Belmont (3:30/4:30); Girls B/A Basketball (3:30/4:30)

  • Budget Committee Meeting on School Board Budget at the Town Hall (6:30)

  • Friday = Girls A/B Basketball at Winnisquam (3:30/4:30); Boys A/B Basketball (3:30/4:30)


This week’s tip from the “Middle Years”  On Top of Grades*  If your child’s school offers an online grade book, check it every week or so.  That way, you will stay in the loop and can spot problems early.  Try not to overreact to one low score; it could be one small blip or just a tiny fraction of your tween’s grade.  Instead, look for patterns, and contact the teacher if you have concerns.  


Thank you and have a nice weekend.


Peter


*Resources for Educators, December 2017


12/3/2017

posted Dec 4, 2017, 4:35 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good afternoon.  Many of you are probably getting ready for the Pats to take on the Bills in a little bit.  I hope to finish and send this email in time for you to read it before you settle into “the zone.”


There are three attachments/links to this email for your information.  One, has the December edition of the Gilford Parks and Rec newsletter.  The other is the agenda for Tuesday night’s School Board meeting and the third is a link to the Volunteer Steering Committee’s effort to assist the school district in making sure that everyone has a merry Christmas by purchasing gifts for those in need.  Just follow this link to the Angel Tree Sign-Up to do you part in spreading joy!


Upcoming Volunteer Fingerprinting and Orientation Clinics are as follows:  December 5 (8:00am-9:00am) at the SAU Office for fingerprinting and the 15-minute orientation; and on December 12 from 6:30-7:30 at the GES Library for additional orientation sessions.


Recently, our 8th graders sent letters and care packages to our troops serving in the Middle East.  The effort was spearheaded by Mrs. Nicol and Mr. Bowler (retired Air Force).  Mr. Bowler heard back from his son, who is serving over there now, that they received the packages.  He noted that “besides a fresh pair of socks and a variety of snacks, the people are excited about reading the letters and he feels confident that most will write back.”  What better way to make the holidays better for all?


This week’s tip from the “Middle Years”  Help Wanted*  When your child is stumped about a concept or a homework problem, teachers want to help.  Plus, asking for assistance shows that your tween cares about her work.  Encourage her to seek help confidently with this tips. When to get help:  Her questions may have an easy-to-find answer.  Suggest that she check her textbook and notes or call a classmate.  If that doesn’t work, she should approach her teacher.  How to ask:  Your child might wait until the teacher is free and say, “I’m having trouble with my essay topic.  Can you help me?”  Or if the question pops up after school, she could email, “I don’t understand why I got this algebra problem wrong.  When is a good time to stop by?”


Other important events this coming week:

  • Wednesday = Early Release (12:20); No Homework Group

  • Thursday/Friday = Report cards will be distributed by the end of the week.

  • Thursday = Budget Committee Meeting on School District Budget (6:30) at Town Hall

  • Friday = Boys A/B Basketball (3:30/4:30); Girls A/B Basketball at Newfound (3:30/4:30)


Thank you and I hope you have a good week.


Peter



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11/17/2017

posted Nov 17, 2017, 11:44 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good afternoon.  Do not be surprised if your child comes home today a little bit sleepy.  Our Food Service folks served them a delicious, and filling, turkey dinner with all the fixins’.


Reminder that next week we only have school on Monday and Tuesday.  There will be NO Homework Group on either day.  And because of the very short week, I will spare your inbox and email from me!  However, this means a longer version this week.  Sorry….


Once again, it is time to share some of the valuable lessons our wonderful staff has been teaching to our students:

  • Grade 5 - In Mrs. Bettoney’s math class, students were using our Eureka Math program to learn how to round decimals.  But more importantly, she was teaching them the importance of self-assessing or self-analyzing their work.  For example, if they got an answer wrong, they should ask themselves, “Why did I get that wrong,” and go back and redo the problem themselves or from a partner.  And even though Mrs. Bettoney (and other paraprofessionals in the room) are there to help, it is important that they first try to do it themselves and persevere.  

  • Grade 6 - In Mr. Zumbach’s science class, students were asked to describe architectural changes to a building that would be required in order to make a “tsunami-proof” beachfront home and explain to the class why they thought it would work.  Some of the answers (build on a hill, build on stilts, wedged shaped structure) were more practical/feasible than others (build a giant glass bubble,  install automatic concrete barriers, dig a bunker).  Either way, their imaginations were hard at work.

  • Grade 7 - In Mr. Marzahl’s social studies classes, students were taking sides (either with Alexander Hamilton or Thomas Jefferson) in the debate over a national bank versus individual/state banks.  Students had to not only study the viewpoints of both of those founding fathers but also had to be well versed in the 10th Amendment.  It was a good lesson to teach kids that interpreting the Constitution is not always an easy thing to do and has the potential to cause much discourse.

  • Grade 8 - In Mrs. Allen’s science class, she was teaching students how to “sift through” a scientific word problem (the type they often see on standardized assessments).  Students need to know which information in the word problem is relevant and which information is extraneous.  Some students thought that the people creating these problems were trying to “torture” them but Mrs. Allen stated that purpose was to both make students think deeper and to ensure that students knew what the problem was asking of them.

  • Unified Arts - Under Mr. Witham’s creative tutelage, students in both the 7th and 8th grade Art classes are working with clay.  In the 8th grade, they are creating Tiki masks and, in the 7th grade they are creating various creatures (wolves, snakes, monkeys, etc).  What was impressive in both cases was the attention paid to detail.  The textures used and, in the case of the creatures, the facial expressions created. I think that even with Mr. Witham’s expert help, I could not create the beautiful objects that our students are doing in those classes.


Good luck to Mrs. Damato and our middle school Robotics/LEGO team as they travel to Bishop Brady High School tomorrow for their second FIRST LEGO League competition.  Students have been working hard all Autumn on coding, building, and strategizing to build upon last year’s successful first run.


Once again, our 5th Graders were the head of the class at Wednesday’s Education Day at the Manchester Monarchs’ hockey game.  Their behavior was stellar and they worked hard during the game on their booklet.  One student commented that the players who got in the fight should get in trouble as it does not set a good example in front of all the schools on Education Day; that young man has been brought up well!  Thanks to the 5th Grade Team and volunteers who helped make the day successful.


In the coming weeks, our prospective athletes will be undergoing “Impact Testing” as part of our effort to minimize the negative (and often dangerous) effects of a concussion.  This will be a mandatory assessment for those wishing to participate in athletics in our school.  GMHS nurses, Beth Haddock and Meg Jenkins will be managing the testing.  More information to come.  And speaking of our nurses, they’d like to share this link regarding food allergies.


Please follow this link if you’d like to order your child a yearbook this year.  We will not order extra copies to be sold, so if you (or your child) would like one, you’ll need to pre-order.


Congratulations to our 7th/8th Grade Math Team on winning the first event of the year, placing them in first place.  We had 9 “aces” which means that 9 of our students earned the maximum number of points per category!  Their next meet is at Belmont Middle School on December 19.


Lastly, a friendly reminder that the Gilford Got Lunch Program is helping families not only during the summer but also throughout the school year. Just go to their website to register.


My apologies for the lengthy email; lots to talk about!  Please enjoy your turkey and, most importantly, your families next week.


Peter


11/09/2017

posted Nov 9, 2017, 4:38 AM by Suzanne Bowen   [ updated Nov 9, 2017, 4:40 AM ]

Good afternoon.  Short week.  Short update.  Lucky you.


Early Release is next Wednesday (12:20). There will be no Homework Group on that day.  We also have two field trips next week: Grade 5 on Wednesday & Grades 7th/8th Band on Friday.  Remember that if you would like to volunteer or chaperone, you will need to first be fingerprinted AND attend a brief (15-20) orientation.


If you have a chance, take in the high school’s production of “Oliver!”  You will see about 30 of our middle schoolers on stage along side their elder thespians.  Shows run at 7:00pm on November 10, 11, 17, & 18. Ticket information is available on our website.


Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD), a viral illness, has been diagnosed in the district in both the elementary and middle school.  If your child has a sore throat or fever, please keep them home for 24 hours after these symptoms have been resolved.  Children with blisters should be kept home until blisters dry.  Follow this link to the CDC website for more information.  If you have concerns or questions, please contact your child’s pediatrician, or the school nurse at 527-9814, or email Beth Haddock.


Lastly, follow this link for the agenda for Tuesday morning’s school district policy meeting.


Thank you, and especially to those who have served (and continue to serve) our country in one of the branches of our military.



Peter

11/03/2017

posted Nov 3, 2017, 5:24 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good morning.  My thoughts go out to those families (which is most of you) that had lost power for an extended length of time this week.  And especially to those who suffered damage and/or lost a lot of money to spoiled food.  You obviously did a great job in keeping your kids’ spirits up as they did come into school on Wednesday looking happy; a bit dazed and tired but happy.  I know that there are still about 100 homes or so in town that are still without power so I send positive thoughts their way.


There are three upcoming meetings that I would like to make you aware:  Tomorrow morning at 8:00 is the last School Board Budget Work Session at the SAU.  On Monday at 7:00 (following the 5:30 regular monthly meeting) is the Gilford School Board Public Meeting on the 2018-2019 Proposed Budget.  This is to allow the Board to give a public presentation on the budget and a chance for the discussion from Gilford Residents.  Both the Board meeting and Budget meeting will take place at the high school.  


If you have yet to sign up for parent conferences (which are held next Wednesday evening and Thursday during the day), please visit our website or you can go directly here to the page.  There will still be Homework Group on Wednesday.  Also, remember that there is no school next Thursday (conferences) nor Friday (Veterans Day observance).


Tips from the “Middle Years,” Respect All Around.*  Respecting himself:  Tweens with self-respect are more likely to stick to their values and say no to risky behaviors.  Teach your child to check in with himself before he makes decisions.  Respecting others:  Explain that showing respect will make it easier for your tween to get along with adults and peers--and help him earn their respect, too.  He can do that by treating people as he wishes to be treated.  Respecting the environment:  Encourage your middle grader to adopt the motto, “Leave a place better than you found it.”  To put that into practice, he might throw away trash that he sees in your neighborhood or at a park (or outside at recess or in the cafeteria!).  Conserving resources is another way to respect nature.


Thank you.  Have a good day.  Turn back those clocks this weekend and enjoy the extra hour of sleep!


Peter



*Resources for Educators, November 2017



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10/26/2017

posted Oct 27, 2017, 4:16 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good rainy afternoon.  I’d like to start this week’s edition by sharing with you some of the great things your children are doing with our wonderful staff.


  • In Mrs. Barbour’s Reading Class, students created “impromptu poetry.”  They had to choose a color and write about what that color means to them.  They used a lot of amazing symbolism that I found hard to believe that came from 7th graders!

  • Grade 5 - Speaking of symbolism, in Mrs. Watterson’s Social Studies Class students were using Britannica Online to research American landmarks.  They needed to describe the landmark, learn about its history/importance, where it can be found, and what it symbolizes for we American citizens.

  • Grade 6 - A little while back, students in Mrs. Walsh’s Language Arts Class were doing two things; some were group editing their papers while others were learning about the importance of punctuation (commas, capitalization, conjunctions, interjections, etc.).  When observing students working on the latter, I couldn’t get those Schoolhouse Rock songs out of my head….

  • Grade 7 - The best way to describe Mrs. Kovar’s Math Class is to think of an ant colony:  Students working in small groups on different items (Khan Academy, Eureka, or direct instruction from Mrs. Kovar) and rotating through those three activities throughout the class.  Everyone having different roles/jobs but working harmoniously towards the same goal; learning math.

  • Grade 8 - You’ve heard of “speed dating” but have you heard of “speed book dating?”  Mrs. Nicol had the students do the latter.  Their task was to convince the other student (in a timed session) to read the same book they had read by explaining to them the plot, characters, setting etc.  These were their independent reading books.  A great way to spread the notion that reading IS fun!

  • Unified Arts - In Mr. Demko’s Theatre Class, students were once again showing their amazing creativity by creating short plays with just using a series of random words.  Much like Mrs. Barbour’s class, their imagination was amazing.  There was no fear of failing; they were just letting it out there!


If you accidentally deleted my email earlier this week, you can find information regarding parent conferences on our school’s website.  Here is the direct link on how to sign up.


Our Student Council has been very active lately.  One, they will be sponsoring a Pay-A-Dollar and Wear-A-Costume on Halloween.  Costumes must be school appropriate, no masks, heavy face paint/make-up, weapons or gore, and students must be recognizable.  Second, they are looking to raise money for Heifer International (a charity organization working to end hunger and poverty around the world by providing livestock and training to struggling communities).  They are hosting an assembly tomorrow for the entire school explaining the endeavour.  We all can help out by going to our page on the Hefer website.


Reminder that tomorrow night is our Grade 7 & 8 Halloween Dance (7:00-8:30).  Cost is $5.00.  There will be snacks and water to purchase (no pizza) at the dance.  Kudos to our Volunteer Steering Committee for providing the snacks!


Take care,


Peter


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